The Festival of Saint Peter Posted by Transparent Language on Jun 29, 2008 in Holidays
In Brazil, the Festival of Saint Peter, known as o Dia de São Pedro in Portuguese, is celebrated each year in late June. Saint Peter is the saint of fishermen, who have boat processions on the sea to honor the saint and to ask for protection and better catches.
In Salvador, Bahia, the celebration begins with a large party in Pelourinho, the old city, complete with traditional music and dances. Fishermen provide offerings to São Pedro and to Iemanjá, the goddess of the sea, in small boats off the coast.
In the Baía de Guanabara, in Rio de Janeiro, the procession attracts 90,000 people annually and lasts four days. The fishermen elaborately decorate their boats to honor the saint, and a panel of judges choses the most originally decorated boat.
Below is video footage of the procession in Rio this year.